Canberra Land Young Canadian Starlet

From Canberra United (24/10/22).

Above: Canberra United signing Kennedy Falknor speaking to the media today. Image: Canberra United.

Canberra United has today announced the signing of Canadian centre-back Kennedy Faulknor for the 2022/2023 Liberty A-League season.

Faulknor, a commanding performer who is currently playing for the UCLA Bruins in the American College system, was the youngest centre-back to be selected for her country when she debuted for her home nation at just sixteen years of age in a 3-0 win over Mexico.

Having been a Canadian international at age-grade levels, playing in the under-15 and under-17 teams, Faulknor is experienced for a young footballer.

“I am excited to be coming to Australia and joining Canberra United for the new Liberty A-League season,” Faulknor said of her signing.

“I have heard wonderful things about the league, the club, and the coaching staff and can’t wait to get started with one of the league’s great names. Playing abroad has always been a goal of mine and this is a wonderful opportunity to do that. I am grateful to Njegosh Popovich, his coaching staff, and everyone associated with the club for allowing me this challenge.”

Above: Canberra United head coach Njegosh Popovich was delighted with the acquisition of Kennedy Faulknor. Image: Canberra United.

In 2021 Faulknor scored three times for the UCLA Bruins, from only six efforts on target, proving equally adept at both ends of the park, something that might come in extremely useful during the frenzied Liberty A-League campaign.

“Kennedy is a top-class international defender who is strong in the tackle, quick across the ground, and excellent in the air,” United Head Coach Njegosh Popovich said of the Canadian import.

“Her consistency is a major asset and, as with any defensive player, her timing in the tackle is immaculate.

“We also have the added bonus that she can be deployed elsewhere if required and possesses a great shot. I have no doubt that she will become a firm favourite with the Canberra United fans and will be a terrific addition to our squad.”

Canberra United’s 2022/2023 Liberty A-League season begins on Saturday 19 November with a home match against Perth Glory at McKellar Park.

Graphic: Canberra United.

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